The Welsh actor revealed he sought inspiration from the alien-come-rock star persona created by the rocker in the 70s, to make his modern, club-owning character Castor in 'Tron: Legacy' unique.
He said: "I was going for a sort of albino Ziggy Stardust. A one-man walking Andy Warhol Factory."
The upcoming movie is a sequel to the 1982 film 'Tron', and will be about a computer game which forces players into war like Roman soldiers. It will also star the original film's leading man Jeff Bridges.
Michael explained to the Guardian at this year's Comic-Con festival in San Diego: "Joe wanted the character to look completely different to everyone else in the Tron world. So whereas everyone is in black, he's in white: white hair, no eyebrows. It's a good choice, I think. Castor is a character who reflects and assimilates everything around him, then adapts to survive. I liked the idea of him as a shape-shifter who keeps reinventing himself, and the obvious reference there has to be Bowie.
"Joe said he needed my character to bring a whole different kind of energy to this film, and that I had to be the biggest showman ever. Then I'm given that amazing nightclub set with hundreds of extras, that dazzling white costume, contact lenses and six-inch heels, and a cane that lights up, and I've got Daft Punk as my house-band. well, it was like a red rag to a bull."
'Tron: Legacy' is due for release in December this year.